Celebrate German culture, food and most of all beer at this festive three-day event. A tradition in Germany and around the world, Oktoberfest is a famous event that has spread from its roots in Munich, Bavaria. Today, you’ll find Oktoberfest celebrations all over the world, and one of the best of them takes place in San Francisco. Voted one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests in the United States by AOLTravel, this fun, boisterous event features a spectacular scenic setting on Pier 48, an easy walk or short cab ride from the Hotel Griffon. Enjoy a nonstop day of German music, singing and dancing, accompanied by plate after plate of hearty sausages and kraut. Wash it all down with a giant stein of premium German beer. Entertainment will be provided by the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band, the Internationals and Deutscher Musikverein. You’ll also see dancers and other performers in traditional Bavarian dress, so wear your lederhosen if you have them! Oktoberfest by the Bay takes place from September 20-22 on Pier 48 along the San Francisco waterfront, starting on Friday at 5PM and lasting until Sunday night at 6PM. With separate sessions for day or night, you can choose your own adventure and make the festival fit your travel plans. Presale tickets can be purchased online, and prices for one-day or one-night admission cost only $25 per person. VIP packages are also available for $75 per person and include a commemorative 1-liter beer mug, guaranteed seating and a private bar and bathroom. Currently there are discounts available online, including $10 off for Friday night tickets - so be sure to check the website out before you go and book your room at the Hotel Griffon so you don’t have far to go after a fun-filled day or weekend!